UFC Fight Night 105 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers
Stomach issues aside, Derrick Lewis did the thing on Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 105.
"The Black Beast" survived the first round where his opponent, Travis Browne, looked quite good. Then his incredible raw power came into play and violently finished his adversary.
It puts Lewis on the radar as a title contender. How will the UFC address that?
Also in action, Johny Hendricks picked up his first win at middleweight, and bantamweight contender Sara McMann made a statement to put herself in line for a possible title shot. The Halifax, Canada, crowd got a night full of fun fights and interesting results.
How will the UFC handle Lewis, McMann and others? Here's a look at all the matches to make following UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax.
Preliminary Fights Quick Hits
Gerald Meerschaert def. Ryan Janes by submission (armbar) at 1:34 of the first round.
- Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago Santos
- Ryan Janes vs. Jack Marshman
Thiago Santos def. Jack Marshman by TKO at 2:21 of the second round.
- Thiago Santos vs. Gerald Meerschaert
- Jack Marshman vs. Ryan Janes
Aiemann Zahabi def. Reginaldo Vieira by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
- Aiemann Zahabi vs. winner of Brett Johns vs. Ian Entwistle (UFC Fight Night 170)
- Reginaldo Vieira vs. Kwan Ho Kwak
Randa Markos def. Carla Esparza by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
- Randa Markos vs. Juliana Lima
- Carla Esparza vs. Jessica Aguilar
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Nordine Taleb by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
- Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Tarec Saffiedine
- Nordine Taleb vs. Michael Graves
Paul Felder vs. Alessandro Ricci
Paul Felder def. Alessandro Ricci by TKO at 4:44 of the first round.
You give Paul Felder a fighter who will stand and bang with him, and you'll get a similar result most of the time. Alessandro Ricci played right into his hands.
Ricci fell to 0-2 in the UFC and could be let go in its deepest division. If he does get another chance, the UFC should simply match him up with a newcomer or veteran who needs a favorable matchup. He's not a commodity fans are too interested in seeing.
Felder deserves another shot at a notable lightweight.
Bobby Green may have lost two straight, but his stature in the division fits the mold. The stylistic clash would serve UFC audiences well, and the winner would then garner top-15 consideration. It's one of the best fights they could find for Felder. And Green, for that matter.
Sara McMann vs. Gina Mazany
Sara McMann def. Gina Mazany by submission (arm triangle) at 1:14 of the first round.
This fight looked like a dramatic mismatch on paper, and that is exactly what it was.
Sara McMann is just too good for Gina Mazany.
Mazany doesn't look to be a significant threat for most in the division. She can still serve an important role in keeping others active. Irene Aldana is an intriguing prospect who lost her UFC debut as well. Match the two up, and see what happens.
With her third straight win, McMann is back in title contention. If that sounds odd, then you haven't looked at the bantamweight title picture.
Amanda Nunes will most likely fight Valentina Shevchenko for the belt later this year. Who's next after that?
Ronda Rousey? Brutally defeated in two straight and possibly could be retiring. Julianna Pena? Just lost to Shevchenko. Holly Holm? Three straight losses. Cat Zingano? Two-fight losing skid and hasn't won since 2014. The only two fighters in the top seven of the official UFC rankings coming off a win other than Shevchenko are McMann and Raquel Pennington.
A title eliminator seems to be at hand. McMann vs. Pennington, with the winner getting a crack at gold, is the best option the UFC has while its more marketable contenders are struggling.
Elias Theodorou vs. Cezar Ferreira
Elias Theodorou def. Cezar Ferreira by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
The fight itself wasn't a barnburner or instant classic, but it was what both fighters needed. Even in a loss, Cezar Ferreira didn't come out looking too bad. They both got in solid Octagon time and gained experience.
Neither is a top contender, and as such, having a competitive battle will likely serve both well moving forward.
Magnus Cedenblad would be a good test for Ferreira and a good matchup for the UFC.
Elias Theodorou may be looking at someone in the top 15. Unfortunately, Sam Alvey and Thales Leites are booked against one another. That doesn't give Theodorou a solid option in terms of a ranked opponent. Instead, name value may be key.
CB Dollaway is on a three-fight losing streak, but people still recognize his name. It would be a good chance for Dollaway to return in style while offering Theodorou a fighter fans know. A win-win for the UFC, but it's not the most exciting option.
Gavin Tucker vs. Sam Sicilia
Gavin Tucker def. Sam Sicilia by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Welcome, Gavin Tucker.
Goodbye, Sam Sicilia.
Sicilia looked awful and has lost three straight. Cut ties. Move on.
Tucker performed well in his debut, and the Canadian crowd loved its local kid. All good signs for the UFC.
The important thing for the UFC is to not rush him up the ranks. Sure, he looked technically proficient, but this is a stacked division, and he is a fun prospect. No one is served well by being put against the upper echelon in quick order. The UFC has time to build him up, even though he's 30 years old.
As such, go off script. Sign someone on the regional circuit who doesn't pose too much of a threat to Tucker. Let him shine at least once more before gradually giving him stiffer competition.
Hector Lombard vs. Johny Hendricks
Johny Hendricks def. Hector Lombard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Cut Hector Lombard. He can be fun to watch, and he didn't perform terribly, but he comes at a premium. Also, he hasn't won a fight since 2014 and is no spring chicken at 39. The value on Lombard is just not there.
Johny Hendricks was in a similar boat, but he got the win.
Unlike Gavin Tucker, the UFC should rush Hendricks as quickly as it can. Of the available ranked opponents, two stand out: Derek Brunson and Uriah Hall.
Hall remains ranked despite losing three straight, but those losses may be a reason not to put Hendricks in there against him, given that he just picked up a win. Brunson makes a little more sense, given his outing against Anderson Silva.
It's a tough fight for both men, and the winner would move into the thick of things at 185.
Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
Derrick Lewis def. Travis Browne by knockout at 3:12 of the second round.
The UFC should cut the losers of the past two fights. That sentiment doesn't apply here.
The heavyweight division is thin, but more importantly, it's a division where odd things happen because of the crazy power the competitors bring into the cage. Travis Browne looked solid until getting clipped. He didn't perform terribly.
But he does need to fight someone outside of the top 10. It would serve him and the UFC well to do that. Let Browne recover, train and return to fight Todd Duffee in the summer.
Derrick Lewis, the self-proclaimed UFC interim heavyweight champion, stated in his Fox Sports 1 interview that he wants to fight Mark Hunt next. On a pure enjoyment level, sign us all up for that. But it's just not the right fight to make right this instant.
The UFC should tell Lewis to stay ready in case Junior Dos Santos falls off the card for UFC 211 against champion Stipe Miocic. If JDS remains on the card, Lewis should still go to the event in his home state and step inside the cage to go nose-to-nose with whoever gets his hand raised.
Yes, Lewis should get the next title shot.
The bottom line? The UFC needs a fresh contender. Lewis is entertaining in the cage and on the mic. He'll help sell the fight. And he always puts on a show. While Fabricio Werdum may be more deserving, it's not a fight that enthuses fans right now. Lewis is a breath of fresh air.
Let's see Lewis try for real gold, not the plastic kind he had over his shoulder after UFC Fight Night 105.